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November 30, 2023 News

Hundreds of media organizations to visit Milwaukee to prep for RNC

Over 400 representatives of local, national and international news media are expected to visit Milwaukee this week for their first look at Republican National Convention venues downtown — and local businesses will get a taste of providing goods and services related to the summer 2024 event.

This week’s gathering is called the Republican National Convention fall media walk-through. Few, if any, well-known news anchors or social media influencers are expected; rather it will be behind-the-scenes crew members such as producers and technicians.

The RNC's Committee on Arrangements is hosting the walk-through scheduled for Thursday morning and starting at Fiserv Forum, which will be the convention hall. Guests also will have an opportunity to visit two other nearby sites that will house convention-related activities: the Baird Center and the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

The RNC Milwaukee Host Committee also will host a reception Wednesday night at Miller High Life Theatre.

Both events are closed to the public, and attendance is limited to pre-registered media representatives.

Many of the national and international media representatives participating in the walk-through will be visiting from the Washington, D.C., bureaus, said Rachel Reisner, a spokeswoman for the Committee on Arrangements.

The walk-through is a traditional activity several months ahead of a national political convention and represents a major milestone in preparing for the convention, Reisner said.

Representatives of the Committee on Arrangements and the Host Committee are expected to appear during the Thursday session at Fiserv Forum, but Reisner declined to identify them in advance.

Producers and technicians will tour Fiserv Forum and the other venues to learn more about possible camera angles, technological capabilities, locations for news anchor booths and to receive planning information for their coverage.

The RNC is scheduled for July 15 through July 18, 2024, and is expected to attract about 50,000 visitors to southeast Wisconsin.

The Host Committee reception Wednesday night will include remarks by the committee’s CEO Milwaukee business executive, philanthropist Ted Kellner; committee chairman Reince Priebus; Forest County Potawatomi Community chairman James Crawford; and Visit Milwaukee president and CEO Peggy Williams-Smith.

The Committee on Arrangements issued requests for quotes and awarded contracts for a number of roles to local vendors, Reisner said. The vendors include:

  • Catering for light breakfast: Sendik’s Catering & Events, Milwaukee; 
  • Transportation: Go Riteway, Oak Creek; 
  • Curtains and support pipes: Wisconsin Expo Inc., Germantown;
  • Booths and signage: The Marek Group, Waukesha; and
  • Sound system and production: Milwaukee Airwaves, Milwaukee.

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